Ha that sounds great and I'm sure it won't be a hindrance but the biggest issue is my wife's small appetite coupled with her pescatarian diet... it makes it difficult for the two of us to eat family-style when I want to sample a few different things and also be carnivorous. I've resigned myself to accepting that we'll just order way too much and have a lot of leftovers. It's been done before on many a trips!
I do have a related question actually: are the dishes so large that I could potentially invite a meat-eating friend to share our portions without ordering extra or expecting he/she to throw in for the bill?
Say we do the caesar, baked clams, lobster ravioli, beef ribs and carrot cake... maybe even another entree- veal marsala or parm?
That would surely feed three people very well, right? Would you say that each dish is roughly double portioned; ie. suited for two? Also, why is the rigatoni vodka so famous here? I get that Carbone does Italian-American red sauce comfort food, but that still seems like such a simple dish and not the kind of thing one would typically order in a pricey restaurant. Is it it worth trying? My gut says "no" but then reviews seem to suggest otherwise.
Could I make out with approx. $500 tab (not incl drinks) for 3 entrees - (ravioli, rigatoni, veal dish) - plus caesar, meatballs, clams, and shared desert? If so, then screw it... you only live once! Who knows if and when we'll be back at Carbone so I'll order what I want to try!
My plan of attack is to invite a friend (perhaps with date) and ask him to cover the drinks and possibly tip; depending on how expensive drinks are. I assume this is a red wine kind of place over cocktails, right? Is the wine list reasonably affordable?
Also, is the zuppa di pesce a must as well?
Edit: Is the dining room with all the wood, low hanging chandeliers, and the large red & black tiled floors the main room? Not the one with the exposed brick walls - the more theatrical set designed looking room. Is there a name to request when making the reservation?